Jason Brilz set to step up in place of Forrest Griffin at UFC 114Posted on May 4, 2010, 05:51 PM by Daniel Cassidy
With Forrest Griffin's earlier announcement today that a shoulder injury has caused him to drop out of his upcoming bout with Antonio Rogiero Nogueira, Jason Brilz has stepped up to take Griffin's place, after Lil Nog earlier announced that he still wants to fight, making sure his intense and rigorous training is not wasted.
Brilz steps into this bout with an overall record of 18-2-1, with a record inside the octagon of 3-1. His 3 wins with the UFC are over Brad Morris via tko, Tim Boetsch via unanimous decision and Eric Schafer again via unanimous decision. His only loss was a split decision to Eliot Marshall at UFC 103. He aslo holds wins over Alex Schoenaeur and Jason Macdonald. His one draw was against former UFC heavyweight Justin Eilers.
Lil Nog comes into this fight riding a 6 win streak, with a UFC record of 1-0, since his Knockout of the Night against Luiz Cane, at UFC 106. The Team Black House member holds an overall record of 18-3, his only other losses come to Shogun Rua and Vladimir Matyushenko. In a well distinguished career, he overcame opponents such as Dan Henderson and 2 wins over Alistair Overeem during his time serving in Pride.
Speaking about his new opponent, Nogueira had this to say:
“What can I do? Let’s change the strategy. I want to fight him standing or go to the ground and try a submission. It changed from a striker to a wrestler, but we are going for it, I’ll go for the knockout.”
The UFC 114 card is headlined by the much anticipated grudge match between Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson, will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 29th.